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Wheat production levels down: Hay up from year ago


Harvest was underway in August on the Camas Prairie.

Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Harvest was underway in August on the Camas Prairie.



Idaho winter and spring wheat production is down from this time last year, according to a release from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, while hay production is up.

Winter Wheat

Based on Aug. 1, 2014, conditions, production of winter wheat in Idaho is forecast at 60.6 million bushels, down 2 percent from the July 1 forecast and down 2 percent from last year. Harvested acres, at 730,000 acres, are up 10,000 acres from 2013. Yield is expected to be 83.0 bushels per acre, down 3.0 bushels from 2013.

Spring Wheat

Idaho spring wheat production is forecast at 39.0 million bushels, up 4 percent from the July 1 forecast but down 1 percent from last year. Harvested area, at 500,000 acres, is down 10,000 acres from 2013. Yield is expected to be 78.0 bushels per acre, up 1.0 bushel from 2013.

Alfalfa Hay

Idaho alfalfa hay production is forecast at 4.64 million tons, up 9 percent from last year. Harvested area, at 1.08 million acres, is down 40,000 acres from 2013. Yield is expected to be 4.3 tons per acre, up 0.5 ton from 2013.

Other Hay

Idaho other hay production is forecast at 858,000 tons, up 19 percent from last year. Harvested area, at 390,000 acres, is up 30,000 acres from 2013. Yield is expected to be 2.2 tons per acre, up 0.2 ton from 2013.



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